What is Salt-Picking?

Do you know about salt picking? Generations of Anguillans have made their livelihood picking this mineral from the 17 salt lagoons found on the island. Now, visitors to the Q Hotel can get a glimpse of this age-old experience, as well as learn about the environmental benefits of the salt ponds.

Q Hotel Anguilla was recently featured in Luxury Travel Magazine in an article celebrating Earth Day 2023, which highlights eco-friendly travel experiences around the world. The article described how salt ponds serve as a barrier between land and marine ecosystems, filtering contaminants before they reach the ocean.

It also talked about how visitors to the Q can follow up their tour of the ponds with a martini in an Anguillan salt-rimmed glass, getting a true taste of the island.

“Travelers can visit the bountiful salt ponds and experience the art of salt picking, as well as catch a glimpse of a unique wetland region filled with interesting marine and avian species.This year, in partnership with Quest Experiences, Anguilla’s beloved Quintessence Hotel is offering its guests the opportunity to visit the Road Bay salt pond and learn about its importance on the island. Following the expedition, guests will be greeted with a refreshing, ice-cold margarita back at the hotel using salt sourced directly from the island’s rich deposits. Salt, sip, and science as you learn about the island’s hidden treasures and diverse ecosystems.”

Read the whole article here.

Photo credit: Photo Courtesy Anguilla Tourism Board.


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Quintessence Named Four-Star Hotel In Forbes Travel Guide 2023 Star Awards

Quintessence Hotel Earns Prestigious Accolade; ratings Showcased on

ANGUILLA, BWI (February 15, 2023) — Forbes Travel Guide (“FTG”), the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants, spas and ocean cruises, today announced its 2023 Star Awards. Quintessence Hotel earned a new Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star award and is showcased with other honorees on In addition to earning the star accolade, the hotel also underwent a rigorous training program, provided by Forbes to ensure that hotels provide the most flawless service and outstanding facilities to guests.

Quintessence offers a private villa-like feel with all the amenities and facilities of a full-service resort. The property overlooks Anguilla’s secluded Long Bay Beach with just twelve uniquely decorated suites, a museum-quality art collection, a beautiful spa, French-Caribbean gourmet fine dining, and private butler service. The property is committed to excellence, showcased in everything from its outstanding amenities and facilities to its keen awareness of design and decor principles.

“This recognition affirms our team’s ongoing dedication to enhancing the guest experience with incredible attention to detail,” said General Manager Merla Smith-Halley. “Our Forbes-trained staff always goes above and beyond to exceed guest expectations and offer the utmost level of personalized service. We want our guests to feel like family and look forward to welcoming them year after year.”

Forbes Travel Guide is the world-renowned authority on excellence in hospitality, and Quintessence Hotel is the latest addition to its illustrious annual Star Rating list.

“Travel is in an incredible position for continued growth, as people prioritize authentic, in-person experiences,” says Amanda Frasier, President of Ratings for Forbes Travel Guide. “The hotels, ocean cruises, restaurants and spas on our 2023 Star Rating list demonstrate an impressive commitment to creating memorable environments that nurture connection, joy and sense of place as we experience the world to its fullest.”

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Forbes Travel Guide is the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. Our anonymous professional inspectors evaluate based on hundreds of exacting standards, with an emphasis on exceptional service, to help discerning travelers select the world’s best experiences. The only way to get a Five-Star, Four-Star or Recommended rating is by earning it through our independent inspection process. For more information about Forbes Travel Guide, please visit

About Quintessence Hotel:

Nestled above the white sands of Anguilla’s Long Bay Beach, the Tropical Grand Mansion is your passport to bliss. A vision in turquoise blue, Quintessence Hotel was meticulously constructed, stone by stone, to perfection over 10 years, resulting in an elegant escape rich in character and unrivaled in luxury and hospitality. Highlights include a collection of luxury accommodations, experiences for adventure seekers and Zen masters alike, French-Caribbean fine dining at Julian’s by Chef Dominique Thevenet, and the Quintessence Art Gallery with curated displays from the personal art collection of Hotel Owner, Geoffrey Fieger. The property is a member of Relais & Chateaux and Virtuoso.


Q Crew Beautifies Mahogany Park

Quintessence Hotel staff members recently mobilized to clean up Mahogany Grove Park in Long Bay Village.
In partnership with West End Community Improvement Club, and Community Representative Hon. Cardigan Connor, the Q crew gathered at the park on Feb. 4 to clear brush, clean debris, and beautify the space.
Quintessence Owner Geoffrey Fieger spearheaded the effort after he noticed the space had become overgrown. He and his wife Keenie have fond memories of their three children playing in the park growing up.
“The park has been there for a long time. Geoffrey was reminiscing on taking his kids there when they were younger and they would enjoy it,” explained Q Hotel General Manager Merla Smith-Halley. “Over Christmas he said let’s organize something and clean it up.”
Q Staff spent three and a half hours at the park. All tools and supplies, along with refreshments, were provided. Their work paid off but there’s more to be done, including repairing concrete benches, painting, and landscaping.
“The Q will be adopting the park and work will be ongoing,” Smith-Halley said.